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Technology: Killer or Savior?

Shelly Batra | Posted 06.01.2016 | Technology
Shelly Batra

Technology is a two edged sword. It is up to humans to decide what they will do with it. We can use it for the betterment of mankind, or we can use it...

Davos Shapes the Conscience of the Corporate World

Tim Jones | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Tim Jones

It is hard to put into words the impact of attending the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). It is our planet's premier networking event and my experience as a first-timer was simultaneously humbling, inspiring, chilling and empowering.

Taking the Positives from Professional Failings

Duncan Maru | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Duncan Maru

The ability to face up to the past is an essential quality in a leader, says Duncan Maru, Chief Strategy Officer of Possible.

5 Powerful Ideas for Global Impact From Social Entrepreneurs

Katherine Milligan | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Katherine Milligan

All of us wish to feel a sense of purpose in our careers and make a meaningful contribution to society, but it can be hard to know where to start.

How Can We Get Books to the Children Who Need Them Most?

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 09.01.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

As part of a World Economic Forum blog series on Social Entrepreneurs, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship spoke to Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book, which provides millions of new books to children in low-income situations.

Where Has All the Money Gone for Fighting Tuberculosis?

Shelly Batra | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Shelly Batra

In spite of all these efforts, this fully curable disease has become a global pandemic. There are 8 million new cases in the world each year and 1.8 million deaths.

Shining the Spotlight on Sanitation

Sasha Kramer | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Sasha Kramer

Gone are the days of sanitation languishing in the shadows while other basic human needs take the spotlight.

Start at the Last Mile to Overcome Barriers to Healthcare Delivery

Allen Wilcox | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Allen Wilcox

Huge progress has been made towards this goal of global equity, yet the health systems in many of the poorest countries remain incapable of handling the increases in throughput required to deliver these vaccines, especially to remote communities.

The Time Is Now to Focus on Mental Health

Chris Underhill | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Chris Underhill

Recognition of mental illness as a profound public health problem that affects productivity and, therefore, a threat to the economy of nations; and that in a world where economies are rapidly becoming "brain-based."

Poverty Need Not Bar Women From Healthcare in Latin America

Rosario Perez | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Rosario Perez

Our 24 years of experience at the women's development organization Pro Mujer show that when women have access to independent sources of income, they improve economic conditions for their children.

Flaunt Your Flaws: Why Transparency Can Boost Business for NGOs

Erin Ganju | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Erin Ganju

Without trust and transparency, social enterprises would not be able to operate successfully and leverage their collaboration to ensure they are truly changing the world.

3 Things That Make Schools Thrive Around the World

Mike Feinberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Mike Feinberg

Our challenge is to figure out what sort of educational system will help students everywhere get into college. No one has cracked this nut yet. But through my work I've seen how we might be able to.

Not Just Art for Art's Sake

Tim Jones | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Tim Jones

The world of art needs more social enterprise and the world of social enterprise needs more art.

Weird, Smart, Impatient: Are You an Entrepreneur?

Nancy Lublin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Nancy Lublin

My twenties were spent getting comfortable in my own skin. This is who I am. I didn't plan to be this way; I was born this way.

Social Entrepreneurship as a Way of Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

In my early 30s, I was a successful executive at a global corporation and thought I had it all. But one night, during a business trip to Peru, I realized I had it all wrong.

Who Are the Social Entrepreneurs of 2014?

Hilde Schwab | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

We have moved from ignorance about this new entrepreneurial field to polite interest, and on to a real desire to cooperate on the part of political leaders and large companies.

Follow the Leader? Why Social Entrepreneurs Must Collaborate

Kathleen Kelly Janus | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Kelly Janus

We can only achieve the sweeping social change we aspire to by harnessing the leadership potential of all individuals involved in the cause.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part II

Ben Thornley | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The breakthrough moment in Lima was the signaling effect resulting from the clearly articulated convictions of every public official present -- an overarching vision that aligns the region's governments with the "process" of social inclusion at hand.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part One

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

If you can create and prove a social innovation that we need, we will stand behind you with the full weight of government -- clearing regulatory hurdles, building yours and your market's capacity, providing access to data, opening up distribution channels, and becoming your best customer.

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013 (Video, Slideshow)

Hilde Schwab | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

Congratulations to the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013. I invite everyone to discover these outstanding leaders, to be inspired by their impactful initiative and to learn more about how they apply innovative, practical approaches to resolve social and environmental challenges.

The Latest In Social Entrepreneurship

Abigail Noble | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Abigail Noble

We all dream of reaching our potential. Social entrepreneurs, who often see the mission of their organization as the embodiment of their own personal mission, perhaps know this better than most of us.

Play Today, Lead Tomorrow

Darell Hammond | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Darell Hammond

Unstructured play gives kids the space they need to tinker and take risks -- both vital for the budding entrepreneur. Yet, too frequently these opportunities are being taken away from our kids.

The Evolution And Future of Social Enterprise

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.07.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

As part of an ongoing series on social innovation, I recently interviewed Mirjam Schöning, head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.